Florence Hallock School SchoolZone and the Student Portal at Florence Hallock School Dear Parents and Students, This fall, we are implementing secure, online portals for students and parents at Florence Hallock School. SchoolZone provides parents and students with secure access to school and student information. The My.epsb.ca Student Portal gives students access to SchoolZone, Google Apps for Education, and other web-based tools. With over 140 schools in Edmonton Public with access to SchoolZone over the last five years, we know that SchoolZone enhances communication between the school and home. Our year-long pilot project with Google Apps for Education has demonstrated that it expands the range of tools available to students and teachers, and enables better communication, content creation, and collaboration. Once parents have received their unique user ID and password they can access SchoolZone at https://schoolzone.epsb.ca. Students will use their network login credentials provided to them at school to log into the student portal, https://my.epsb.ca. About SchoolZone: SchoolZone is an information system developed by Edmonton Public Schools which provides parents and students with online access to school news and events, attendance records, achievement results, timetables, and progress reports. In addition, some teachers may post daily homework assignments, including handouts and class news. By using the site, parents will have timely access to information to help them be more actively involved in their children's academic success. About Share (Google) Apps for Education: Edmonton Public Schools provides access to and manages Share (Google) Apps for Education accounts for staff and students in the district. These secure, online applications allow staff & students to communicate and collaborate using Google powered email, calendars, document sharing, and websites. These applications are different from public Google applications (such as Gmail) in that they are managed by the district, do not include any advertising, and have more strict filtering and content controls. Follow the link on our website http://florencehallock.epsb.ca/ for information about Google Apps for Education in Edmonton Public Schools. For information about privacy and Google Apps, see https://shortlinks.share.epsb.ca/privacy. Where is the data stored? Student data (student attendance, schedule, grades, etc.) are stored on SchoolZone (school district) file servers. Student files (e.g. essays, presentations, email, etc.) are stored on Google’s servers outside of the district. What information and resources are parents and students able to access? SchoolZone will be available to teachers, students and parents, at school and at home. With a single login, parents will be able to view information about each of their children, regardless of whether or not the children are in the same school. Each student can view their own information, including: Homework Classroom teachers will be able to post homework expectations for students and parents to view. Links to documents, project descriptions or marking rubrics, can be made available. The events and homework will be displayed in a monthly calendar format and a daily agenda format to encourage time management and planning skills. News These channels communicate classroom, and school news/announcements to all users. Parents can select to be automatically notified by email of new events posted in the portal. Student Profile Your school may post interim marks reports, attendance information, and progress report information. Additionally, Grade 3, 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Test scores will be accessible. Student timetables as well as course history and previous years’ progress reports are viewable in SchoolZone. Student Fees, course requests and course history can also be posted by your school. Online Resources Links to screened resources from Alberta Learning, Edmonton Public Library and others are available. Teachers may also post resources and links to support the curriculum. Google Apps Students will have access to their student work, calendars, and collaborative tools to create documents, presentations, and sites whenever they have access to the internet - at any time, from most types of devices. Students can maintain access to their email, files, and websites as they move from grade to grade and from school to school. How do I get into the portal ? (Parents) Once you have an account, it remains active from year to year, from school to school. Once your school has completed their part of the application process, they will send you a userID and password. You should expect this confirmation to be sent to you by letter and email by September 10, 2010.
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